Is the president of the city council of Stockholm to welcome the final to her home town, the first in Sweden since 2004's final in Gothenburg. She notes that Zlatan scored four times against England in the inaugural Friends Arena fixture and hopes he will be fit soon. She also pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Stockholm and hopes to celebrate open societies.
The semi-finals will be played ...
On Thursday, May 4 and Thursday, May 11, giving supporters based in England - no assumptions here, they could be Celta Vigo fans from Featherstone - only 13 days to sort accommodation, commandeer fishing smacks from Hull or the ferry from Immingham. Sadly the Newcastle-upon-Tyne service to Gothenburg is no more.
And welcome to coverage of the Europa League semi-final draw from Nyon which will begin shortly after noon, probably after we've been treated to this anthem, all a bit Knots Landing to the big-eared Cup's Dallas.
And the names in the pot today are last night's succesful sides:
Only Ajax have won it before (in 1992). In fact only Ajax have been finalists before so it will be virgin territory for at least one of the three other sides if they take the field at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on May 24.
When is the Europa League semi-final draw?
What is it?
It's the draw to decide who will play who in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
When is it?
Friday April 21.
What time is it?
The draw for the last four of the Europa League will take place straight after the Champions League semi-final draw.
Expect the balls to start being pulled out midday UK time.
Where is it?
Like the Champions League draw, the ceremony takes place at Uefa headquarters in Syon, Switzerland.
What TV channel is it on?
You can follow live ball-by-ball coverage on BT Sport 2 from 11:30am.
Which teams are left in it?
Are Manchester United favourites to win the competition?
They are. It's likely the Europa League will be United's only chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Manchester United remain on course to win the Europa League for the first time in their history after a nervy win over Anderlecht on Thursday evening.
Marcus Rashford scored the all-important goal in extra time to ensure a 3-2 aggregate win for Jose Mourinho's side.
Despite sitting just four points off fourth place, Jose Mourinho has already confirmed winning the Europa League is his number one priority.
“It is the only chance we have to win one more trophy,” said Mourinho, who has already lifted the League Cup in his first season at Old Trafford.
“It is as difficult as finishing fourth, but it is the only competition that we can win now, so we have to fight for that.
Sir Alex Ferguson echoed Jose Mourinho's words insisting the club should focus all their energy on winning the competition.
"The thing is, we've never won the Europa League," he told ESPN.
"We've never won Uefa Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance.
"It's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that."
“I don’t want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.
“We don’t hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.”
What are the latest odds?
- Man Utd - 23/20
- Lyon - 3/1
- Celta Vigo - 6/1
- Ajax - 7/1